Welcome to Eccles Rugby Football Club.
I would like to offer a warm welcome to Anselmians Rugby Union
Football Club. Before the leagues were introduced, Anselmians
were a regular fixture for Eccles, but we had not played them for
many years until we visited their temporary ground at Rivacre Road
last October. Supporters will recall an entertaining game that
Anselmians won 29-12. But the game was closer than the score
suggests, Eccles started well, but dropped off in the middle of the
first half, with Anselmians taking full advantage. Eccles came back
late on in the second half, with Anselmians receiving a red card,
but it was all too little too late, with Anselmians taking a late try
with Eccles throwing caution to the wind in search of valuable
points. Their last match they were surprisingly beaten for a second
time by De La Salle 18-20, a similar margin to our home defeat to
De La Salle 15-17, a match we could and should have won. Eccles
must see this as a game to be taken and get back to that early run
of form, finishing the league how we started.
We believe in Rugby for all and we take pride in our Home-Grown
principles. Our Junior programme regularly produces talented
young players and last year we were delighted to see eight Eccles
lads wear the red rose of Lancashire. Boys are not the whole story
either, as our Men’s and Ladies sections share the same belief
and commitment to player propagation. We achieve everything we
do in, and for, our community, through the efforts of dedicated
volunteers and the generous support of sponsors who share our
ambition and passion. Thank you to all our referees, who like players,
work during the week and then step out onto the field to officiate.
They do their jobs under pressure and I would encourage
rugby spectators and staff to understand and be more appreciative
of their role in rugby. Without them we would not have the
HEAD COACH NOTES
Hello and welcome to everyone visiting Gorton Street today. The club has
the 1XV at home this Saturday facing Anselmians and on Sunday, our
Senior Colts are entertaining Preston Grasshoppers Senior Colts here at
The 1XV will certainly be looking to return to winning ways today after
recent poor form despite losing against Aspatria last time out, a game in
which our opponents played well and successfully prevented us from
scoring apart from a solitary try despite our best efforts.
Our defeats against Sefton, Tarleton and Aspatria however, were consistent
in our inability to be creative enough or strong enough in the second
half to seize control of close contests. In all three of those games we did
not capitalise on the early points and pressure we accumulated. Furthermore,
the players did not respond well to handling the pressure of the
different interpretations of the laws by match officials, week by week.
Both things we look to improve upon today as Eccles, after a positive
start to the campaign, now find themselves second from the bottom of
the table with 4 wins and 12 losses. Our opponents Anselmians, currently
in fifth place, arrive in good form with hopes of raising their team even
higher up the table.
The Senior Colts, are also finding some games tough, but at the same
time have made some determined efforts to keep pace with the opposition
and are beginning to find good form, this Sunday they have the
opportunity with a win to move up the table where they currenty occupy
the second from the bottom position.
Good Luck to everyone this weekend and thank you for all your support.
Sam Simpson, DoR / Head Coach , Eccles RFC